Public Health Emergency Preparedness

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health has overall responsibility for protecting the public's health in an emergency. In order to protect your health, we have developed comprehensive emergency response plans in coordination with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private health care providers and the American Red Cross.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness works to:

  • prepare and plan for public health emergencies with community partners and agencies with whom we respond
  • coordinate with epidemiology regarding surveillance of disease within the county to ensure early detection of outbreaks
  • plan for social distancing measures such as isolation, quarantine, and the closing of venues to decrease the spread of disease
  • plan for dissemination of health information during public health emergencies to ensure residents and visitors have the most accurate and updated information
  • plan for mass countermeasure distribution to residents and visitors in the event where medication/vaccines/medical equipment/supplies are available
  • exercise with community partners and agencies to ensure a timely and well-coordinated response





Related Services

Report a Public Health Emergency
Disaster Healthcare Coalition
Emergency Planning-Access and Functional Needs
Potassium Iodide (KI) Pre-Distribution

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for an emergency?
How and where do I pickup up Potassium Iodine (KI) tablets?
Where can I get information on current public health emergencies?
  • Call the pre-recorded Public Information Line at 1-805-788-2903 
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How to I report a public health emergency?

If you are a first responder or medical/health organization representative and need to talk to a public health representative regarding an emergency situation, such as multi-casualty incidents (MCIs), MHAOC requests, threats to the medical and public health system or medical and mutual aid requests, call 1-805-380-3411.

This is a 24/7 phone number for the EMS Duty Officer which functions as the MHOAC Program until the County Health Agency Department Operations Center (CHADOC) is activated.

For all other public health emergency calls, such as communicable disease, call:

  • 1-805-781-1077 during regular business hours
  • 1-805-781-4553 during weekends, after hours and holidays
What other contact information may I need?
  • For General Public Health Inquires: 1-805-781-5500
  • For Emergency Preparedness Inquires:
    • Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program 
      • Phone: 1-805-781-1077
      • Fax: 1-805-788-2715
      • Email: [email protected]
      • Mail:
        • San Luis Obispo Public Health Department/Emergency Preparedness
        • 2180 Johnson Ave., 2nd Floor San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  • Environmental Health Services: 1-805-781-5544
  • Mental Health Department: 1-805-781-4700
  • Automated touchtone telephone directory: 1-805-781-5000
How can I volunteer during an emergency?

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